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2013 NFL Combine - Offensive Tackles
Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
Posted Feb 21, 2013

Pre-Combine quick looks at the offensive tackles invited to Indy.

2013 NFL Pre-Combine

Top Ten OT Rankings

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 - 2013 CFN Pre-Combine OT Rankings, No. 11 to 25 

1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M 6-6, 310 (Jr.) Proj. 1
Positives: A How To manual of how to be a tackle. He does everything right in pass protection every time out with quick feet and a wide style that makes him even bigger to get around. Consistent, smooth and efficient. He made it look easy both in the Big 12 and the SEC. … Moves like a much smaller player. Runs like a tight end. … A deadly proficient run blocker. He’s at his best walling off his man and getting him out of the way, but he’ll come up with the pancake when needed.

Negatives: Might not be quite right for a power game. He’s built for a spread attack where he gets to use his quickness. … Not a blaster. Not a finesse blocker, but he’s not an intimidating force. … Still needs to get a bit stronger. Will he be as quick and athletic at 325?

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A franchise left tackle to build a line around. A cornerstone of an offense.

2. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan 6-7, 305 Proj. 1
Positives: Great frame with long arm and a huge wingspan. He’s tough to get around, and he’s just as good when he gets on the move. Runs like a power forward with good agility for a player of his size. … Already a cornerstone prospect, and there’s still room to improve. A little time in the weight room could make him devastating. … A great hitter. He’ll get nasty and throw his guy into the tenth row if he gets the chance. If he gets leverage off the snap, forget about it.

Negatives: Added a ton of weight since arriving on campus. He has room to put on a few more pounds, but he’ll have to battle to stay above 300. … Athletic, but not tremendously quick laterally. He can have problems with speed rushers from time to time. … Height is occasionally a problem. Defenders can get their hands inside on him off the snap.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’s not going to be the next Joe Staley, but he’ll start on the left side as someone’s franchise tackle.

3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma 6-6, 302 Proj. 1
Positives: Really came on this offseason in the workouts. Went from being a good prospect to a great one by staying with top players times and again in Senior Bowl workouts. Showed flawless technique. … Moves extremely well. He’s a beefed up tight end and he looks like it. Has the feet and the quickness to be a top pass protector at left tackle. … A fighter. He’ll work over his man and he won’t quit on a play.

Negatives: Could stand to be a bit bigger. Needs to be functionally stronger and add about 15 pounds of muscle to his lean frame. … An okay run blocker, but better in pass protection. He’ll maul, but he’s not going to destroy bigger NFL defensive linemen. … Needs more time and seasoning. He looked the part and should be ready to go right away, but he’s not a finished product. Still learning the finer points of playing left tackle.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A ten-year pro at left tackle. He’ll be a key piece of a starting five.

4. D.J. Fluker, Alabama 6-5, 355 (Jr.) Proj. 1
Positives: Really, really big. He might look like a guard and could end up spending a long career on the inside, but he’s a tackle with massive size and the ability to destroy his man. … Once he gets his hands on the defender, it’s over. He’s a destructive force for the running game. … Move well for a player of his size. Doesn’t automatically get beaten by speed rushers.

Negatives: Too big. He has to keep his weight in check and needs to come in around 330 pounds to be at his best. He might have to play guard if he’s around 350. … Right tackle only. He doesn’t have the athleticism or the all-around talent to be a starting NFL left tackle. … Not good in space. He needs to be in a phone booth and he can’t start reaching and recovering.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A ten-year pro either at right tackle or guard. He’ll be the most dominant run blocker in the draft.

5. Menelik Watson, Florida State 6-5, 320 Proj. 2
Positives: Looks the part. Has the prototype size with a massive frame perfect for either side. … Plenty of upside and potential. With the right coaching and the right position coach, there’s the potential to be special. … Moves shockingly well for a player of his size. Great feet to go along with his bulk.

Negatives: Needs time and work. He’s not there yet and might need a year or two to show what he can do. … Old. Will he have the time to get better? Already 24, he might not have the luxury of patience and developmental time. … Needs technique help. Doesn’t use all his tools like he should on a consistent basis and reaches a bit too much.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? At worst, he’ll be a terrific guard, but there’s too much talent and potential to not be worked out at tackle.

6. Oday Aboushi, Virginia 6-5, 310 Proj. 2
Positives: Versatile, he can play left or right tackle without a problem. He’s built nearly perfectly for the left side. … Great size and a great frame. He’s a long blocker who’s tough to get around. Great technique and doesn’t make a slew of big mistakes. … Is still improving. Great work ethic. Very coachable.

Negatives: Can be beaten by more creative pass rushers. He’s functional in all areas, but not elite at any one skill. … Not a mauler. He’ll shove his man around, but he won’t bury him. … Just an okay athlete. Not quick enough to be special and doesn’t have all the tools needed to be a franchise left tackle.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A starting left tackle. He won’t be a star, but he’ll be good enough to hold down a gig.

7. David Bakhtiari, Colorado 6-4, 295 (Jr.) (OG) Proj. 3
Positives: Fantastic work ethic. He’ll do whatever he must to become a player. He’ll put in the time on the field and the weight room. … Attacks. An aggressive blocker who goes after the block at the second level. Moves well. … Doesn’t take a play off. His fight makes up for several deficiencies.

Negatives: Doesn’t really look the part. More of a football player than a physical specimen. … Needs to get a lot bigger and stronger. He doesn’t have the frame to add too much weight, but has to pack on at least ten more good pounds. … Is he a guard? He has to be more of a dominant run blocker but some are going to think he’s right on the inside for a zone-blocking scheme.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’s not going to be a guard. He’ll be a good right tackle who’ll see emergency action on the left side.

8. David Quessenberry, San Jose State 6-5, 295 Proj. 4
Positives: Terrific in pass protection. Great technique and mirroring ability with the skills to develop into a left tackle if he hits the weights a bit. … Smooth. Doesn’t labor and carries himself well. He’s almost like a tight end playing tackle. … Talented. He has the technique to go along with the work ethic to improve. He’s a good football player.

Negatives: Not quite big enough. He doesn’t have the bulk and could struggle to keep on weight. Being up to 310 could be tough. … Needs to get functionally stronger. It’s a knock to say he’s a finesse player, but he’s not going to bury his man at the next level. … Not quite built to move to guard and might only work for a zone-blocking scheme or a spread attack.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He won’t be a star, but he’ll find a job somewhere on a line for the next ten years.

9. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee 6-5, 306 Proj. 2
Positives: Versatile. Was a tackle for most of his career before moving to guard. He’s a tackle at the next level but can play almost anywhere. … Moves extremely well. Stays with his man without a problem and performed at a high level against top SEC pass rushers. … Experienced. He has been through the wars and did a great job. He knows how to handle himself.

Negatives: He needs to be a stronger run blocker. He can’t play guard in the NFL at the moment and might need a few years in the weight room. … Not going to beat anyone up. He’s not for every offense. … Technique needs a bit of refining. Just as he was coming into his own as a tackle, he moved to guard.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll be overdrafted. He’ll be a decent starter with the versatility to move around where needed, but he’ll be a jack-of-all-positions, master of none.

10. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin 6-6, 310 (OG) Proj. 4
Positives: An elite run blocker who destroys his man. He’s always working and always going forward to put his man into the second row. … Doesn’t get shoved around. He can’t get pushed off his base and it’s over when he locks on to a defender. … Solid. Doesn’t make a slew of mistakes and doesn’t get beaten. Tough to get around.

Negatives: Right tackle only, at best. He could end up moving inside to guard once he gets tried out on the outside. … Not all that quick. He’s quick off the ball, but he doesn’t shuffle at a top level. … See guy, hit guy. There isn’t a lot to his game in terms of technique.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll start right away at right tackle but will eventually have a long career at guard.

 - 2013 CFN Pre-Combine OT Rankings, No. 11 to 25